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I take your point about the forensic report being available to the defence. I think there was once a photocopy of a forensic report signed by ‘Elsie Nickolls’ shown on this site but whether that was merely a summary report rather than a more thorough report I am not sure. It may be that the defence was shown a less than comprehensive report and was satisfied with that.


Sherrard surely missed a trick in not calling Nickolls to testify. He was a big ‘name’ in criminal trials of that era and his confirmation of the negative connection between Hanratty and the car would have had a powerful effect on the jury I would imagine.

There remains the possibility of a clean-up by the killer which removed hair and fibre evidence but as you suggested this would have required a thorough vacuum clean of the car. In the circumstances this seems unlikely, not in line with the narrative of a panicked killer driving erratically. Then there is the problem of finding an extension cable to get the vacuum to the car before starting to hoover, most probably in poor light. Vacuum cleaners also make a lot of noise and would be likely to disturb anyone sleeping in the vicinity in the early hours of the morning. If this did happen then an accomplice seems likely to have been involved. And as I indicated earlier, an experienced forensic team can tell when a car is ‘too’ clean following a clean up operation.
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Nickolls was a witness at the committal, but isn't mentioned in the reports I've gathered about the trial. Anybody know whether he was called there?
Indeed he was.
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So Nickolls was there.

Yet Sherrard passed up the opportunity to cross examine him on the negative result on the murder car?
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But Sherrard's cross-examination of Nickolls is not included. This is the difficulty of having only abridged reports - some important things are left out. For example, France's 'back seat of the bus' testimony is not mentioned.
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But Sherrard's cross-examination of Nickolls is not included. This is the difficulty of having only abridged reports - some important things are left out. For example, France's 'back seat of the bus' testimony is not mentioned.
I'd be totally amazed had Sherrard not brought the 'clean' condition of the car to the attention of the Court, thereby challenging the prosecution to prove that it had actually been Hanratty in the back seat that evening.

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So, having researched the theory myself ,of the fact that it was not possible for the .38 Enfield to have been fired accidentally, and claiming the murder was in fact a ‘double tap ‘ style assasination . It would appear that the whole thing was covered quite thoroughly by Nickolls. Rob Harriman obviously was not aware of this when he tackled the ‘Men’s Rea, issue,in his book ,and clearly Nichols’ demonstration and statement would negate the need for Sherrard to persue the killer blurting out, ‘he frightened me ,he moved too quick’ ( or whatever) .
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I'd be totally amazed had Sherrard not brought the 'clean' condition of the car to the attention of the Court, thereby challenging the prosecution to prove that it had actually been Hanratty in the back seat that evening.

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Hi Graham - I'm sure you're right. I remember Sherrard placing great emphasis on this in one of the tv documentaries from the 1990s.

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